Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,213,003
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.0000g
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1934 5C MS obverse 1934 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

It was not until well into 1934 that the demand for additional pieces finally prompted the first coinage of nickels at Philadelphia since 1930. By this time the practice of setting aside fresh rolls of each coin issue was becoming a familiar ritual for many collectors, and this issue is plentiful in Mint State.

Most such coins are less than fully struck, with the center of the Indian portrait and the highest point of the bison's coat almost always being incomplete.

Doubled-die varieties are known for both obverse and reverse, but these are too minor to be of interest to general collectors.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/10/2015

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1934 5C MS
Base $ 1.20 1.35 2.25 4.25 10.50 18.50 22.00 23.00 28.00 50.00 55.00 63.00 115 280 750 5400 - - -
$ - - - - 33.00 - - 70.00 135 400 1450 8500 -

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Total Graded: 1155
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1221 $115.00
5/23/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210061, 210061/Lot# 20054 $89.00
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9971 $195.50
8/26/2012 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/26/2012, 37/Lot# 65423 $239.80
11/18/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3383, 3383/Lot# 1344 $45.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 9248 $199.75
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 279 $235.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5482 $211.50
8/15/2014 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20034 $203.28

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